German Supreme Court orders restriction on child marriage to be modified

(MENAFN) The constitutional court of Germany ruled on Wednesday that a law prohibiting child marriages must be changed because it eliminates the option of maintaining a marriage when both partners reach adulthood.

The law was enacted by the German government in 2017 with the declared intention of safeguarding women who were married overseas. In 2015, a sizable number of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan entered Germany.

The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that weddings between minors that had place in foreign nations might nonetheless be deemed unlawful without a careful review of the facts. But, the court ruled that if both parties have since achieved maturity, there should be a method for such partnerships to continue to be lawful.

The court also decided that spousal support following a divorce requires a change in the legislation. On the other hand, the administration and parliament were ordered by the court to amend the legislation by the middle of 2024.


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